First US Passport with X as Gender Issued

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The United States has issued a first passport in which the holder’s gender is marked with X. This is seen as an essential development for Americans who are non-binary and therefore do not identify as male or female.

 

The State Department is committed to “promoting the freedom, dignity and equality of all people, including LGBT people,” a spokesman said.

President Joe Biden previously promised that his administration would treat LGBTI rights as a priority.

Americans abroad will be able to apply for passports with gender X at the beginning of next year. Worldwide, only a limited number of countries issue this type of identity document.

According to a London-based interest group, people in at least 11 countries can have X or ‘other’ in their passports.

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